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on 5 November 2004
This is an excellent documentary. For anyone curious about how the highest rated chess player in history Garry Kasparov is in real life, this is highly recommended. It won't be very easy viewing for Kasparov fans though because there is forever the air of injustice against him throughout the documentary. Kasparov, and much of the chess world, thought that IBM had cheated in their 1997 match with Deep Blue VS Kasparov. After watching the documentary I could bullet about 20 points that made me suspicious of the Deep Blue team. My personal opinion is that the Deep Blue team did cheat, though anyone watching the film will have to decide for themselves.
The film is very nicely shot and has an uneasy musical score that suits the atmosphere of the film. There are interviews with many employees of IBM - such as the man who designed the chess chip used in Deep Blue - with chess players such as Yasser Seirawan, with friends of the chess community such as Fred Friedel, and of course Kasparov is interviewed throughout the film, so all this makes for a highly entertaining documentary for chess fans.
In addition to the film itself, this DVD comes with Fritz 6. This is an excellent addition to the DVD and really makes it a double package, half film/half chess engine. The only problem I have had with Fritz 6 is that when using the Fritz server to play online I had forgotten my password and the for password retrieval there is a command button specifically for this purpose, and it simply does not work, meaning I cannot play online with a real username and have to be a guest if I use that server. But Fritz 6 is a great chess engine to have with loads of features and is excellent for analysing games.